Helicobacter pylori Adhesin Binding Fucosylated Histo-Blood Group Antigens Revealed by Retagging

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Science  16 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5349, pp. 373-377
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5349.373

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The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is the causative agent for peptic ulcer disease. Bacterial adherence to the human gastric epithelial lining is mediated by the fucosylated Lewis b (Leb) histo-blood group antigen. The Leb-binding adhesin, BabA, was purified by receptor activity–directed affinity tagging. The bacterial Leb-binding phenotype was associated with the presence of the cag pathogenicity island among clinical isolates ofH. pylori. A vaccine strategy based on the BabA adhesin might serve as a means to target the virulent type I strains ofH. pylori.

  • * These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Present address: Max-von Pettenkofer Institut für Hygiene und Medizinische Mikrobiologie, Pettenkoferstrasse 9A, D-81677 Munich, Germany.

  • Present address: Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control, S-105 21, Stockholm, Sweden.

  • § To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: thomas.boren{at}

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